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​​​​​​​Cuban boxers hit Tokyo

Tokyo, Jul 28.- In a day where only five Cubans participated in the competitions of their respective disciplines, boxing maintains a commendable performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Lazaro Álvarez, from Pinar del Río, in the 57 kilograms (kg) division, defeated Iranian Daniyal Shahbakhsh by RSC in the second round, who was unable to continue his fight due to a wound above his right eye.

Until that moment, the boxer had won 10-9 in the first half and after this triumph, on August 1 he will seek to secure the bronze medal in a fight against the Thai Decha Butdee.

For his part, the world and Olympic monarch Arlen López, of 81 kg, surpassed the Algerian Mohammed Houmri with a wide lead of 5-0.

Next Friday, July 30, López will cross gloves in the ring of the Kokugikan Arena against the Mexican Rogelio Romero, a well-known fighter from the Latin American region.

Unlike boxing, judo continues to collapse after the defeat in its first fight, at 90 kilograms, of Iván Silva, one of the athletes predicted for medals in these Olympics.

Silva, with two penalties, was defeated in the Golden Rule by a Wazari by Turkish Mihael Zgank and thus says goodbye to the Olympic dream.

In their second outing to the beach volleyball field, the Cuban duo of Leila Martínez and Lidianny Echevarría fell again to the athletes of the Russian Olympic Committee, Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina, in straight sets of 21-16 and 21-11.

During the session tomorrow Thursday, in Tokyo, national athletes Laina Pérez, Kaliema Antomarchi and Dainier Pero will go out to compete in the disciplines of sports shooting, judo and boxing respectively. (ACN) (Photo: Taken from Jit)